World’s Largest Landfill is Not On Land (Video)
Since most cities have options for recycling (at the very least, a place for you to drop them off) and most of you reading this are probably recycling gurus, let’s move on to an issue, somewhat related, but in a gyre all its own – or should I say, in 5 gyres all their own: our plastic oceans.
That’s right, plastics are floating, sinking and being eaten from sea to not-so-shining sea, and ocean currents have been amassing them for decades, in 5 swirling gyres of junk.
We all do it. Between using plastic bags, drinking from plastic water bottles, or ripping the plastic packaging from a new gadget, we all use plastic in our daily lives. Plastic is literally all around us, and if we don’t find a way to contain it (or even better, find an alternative to it!), our lives could soon be taken over by this mass produced product.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in 2012, plastics accounted for over 12 percent of our country’s waste. That’s 32 million tons of plastic garbage! In that same year, only nine percent was recovered for recycling. So where does the rest end up? Some plastic ends up in landfills, but the ultimate final resting place has quickly become the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.